Data services prices

There are a number of ways to access ABS data, in addition to data available on the website. You can Compare data services and Available microdata to find the right product for you. Not all topics are available in all data services. Prices differ depending on the data service and type of data requested:

Members of participating universities will not be invoiced for products and services covered by the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement. Universities Australia and participating universities have paid for access on behalf of their students, staff and researchers.

All charges listed include GST.

TableBuilder and MicrodataDownload

Subscribe your organisation to:
  • access all reference periods within the data series
  • access new datasets on the day of release
  • add unlimited members to your organisation at any time (at no additional charge)
  • subscribe to new data series at any time of year

Year ending June 2021

Census TableBuilder Guest
Businesses in Australia
Census TableBuilder Basic
Census TableBuilder Pro
TableBuilder - other datasets
$1,300 per data series

MicrodataDownload - access all basic microdata for one subscription price

Individuals not associated with an organisation can also subscribe to TableBuilder and MicrodataDownload. Contact for further information.

Information consultancy service

The Information Consultancy service provides aggregate data customised to meet your requirements. You may submit a request for an Obligation free quote. Minimum charge is approximately $600.


The ABS will commence user charging for DataLab access from 1 October 2020, and will review DataLab pricing by early 2021.

These charges will not apply until end June 2021 to members of participating universities covered by the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement. The ABS and Universities Australia may consider a change to costing arrangements from 1 July 2021.

Approved users can access standard detailed microdata in the DataLab for approved projects. This includes:
  • ABS survey and census collections
  • Data ABS has collected from other organisations
  • Integrated microdata such as:
    • MADIP Basic Longitudinal Extracts
    • MADIP Modular product
    • BLADE Core plus BLADE ABS survey modules, Intellectual Property Longitudinal Research Data (IPLORD) and Merchandise Imports and Exports

DataLab charges
Year ending June 2021

Type of user

New DataLab user registration
One-off charge per person to become an approved researcher
Project establishment
One-off charge per project
(payable on project approval)
Active DataLab use
Annual per project charge.
Active use does not include researchers approved for projects as discussants who do not have a DataLab account

Government (Commonwealth, State and Territory, Local), public policy research institutes and all other approved researchers (including academics not covered by the
ABS/Universities Australia Agreement )
$2,600 for projects with 1-5 researchers
$5,200 for projects with 6-20 researchers
$10,000 for projects with 20+ researchers

Academics working on academic projects at universities covered by ABS/Universities Australia Agreement
Covered until 30 June 2021
Covered until 30 June 2021
Covered until 30 June 2021

Applies to new DataLab users/discussants from 1 October 2020
Applies to new projects (or new phases of existing projects) requiring ABS project review and approvals from 1 October 2020
Applies to existing and new DataLab projects that are active from 1 October 2020, charged for either full or half financial year depending when project commences

Additional charges may apply for loading additional statistical packages or software.

Data integration services

If your project needs cannot be met using standard detailed microdata, you can request custom data integration services (including for MADIP and BLADE). Custom microdata is accessed through the DataLab. DataLab access will be charged for custom microdata requests. Contact to discuss your data integration requirements and to request a quote.

Privacy and pricing policies

The ABS privacy policy outlines how the ABS handles any personal information that you provide to us.

Microdata access is priced in accordance with ABS pricing policy.

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